Carlos Flórez Piedrahita,
Executive Secretary
elect of OLADE
 
Medellín, Colombia --- (METERING.COM) --- December 4, 2007 - Carlos Flórez Piedrahita, currently director general of the Mining Energy Planning Unit (UPME) in Colombia’s Ministry of Mines and Energy, has been named as the new executive secretary of the Latin American Energy Organization (Organización Latinoamericana de Energía, OLADE) for the period 2008-2010.

Piedrahita, who has been a member of the board of OLADE for the past three years, has held several public offices during his career, including manager of Fábrica de Licores de Antioquia from 1993 to 1995 and administrative director of Empresas Públicas de Medellín from 1998 to 2001. He joined the ministry of mines in 2001, assuming his current position in 2004.

Responding to the appointment, Piedrahita said that it represented diplomatic recognition to Colombia from the 26 nations of the region, thanks to the work, development, growth and commitment to energy that the country advances.

“This representation opens up new prospects for Colombia, in terms of commitment in the field of energy, to lead new integration processes, to ensure coverage and to work for non-conventional energy sources and rational and efficient use of energy in the region.”

The appointment was made by the ministers and energy authorities from Latin America and the Caribbean at their XXXVIII meeting during the Latin American and Caribbean Energy Week in Medellín, Colombia last week.

In his work plan Piedrahíta, who takes up office in early January 2008, said he aims to strengthen OLADE as a meeting place for its member countries.

At the meeting of ministers an agreement was also concluded with the Ministry of Energy and Mines of Guatemala to establish a pilot subregional office of OLADE in that country.